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Christopher was just an ordinary boy with an ordinary life. Until he finds out that he has not only one, but nine of them! Forced away from school to live in a castle with a lot of boring people, Christopher is told he will have to be the next Chrestomanci (someone who controls magical misuse in the world) when he grows up. Miserable, he looks to his travels in other worlds as an escape.
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A story about a naive young boy named Christopher Chant. He lives at home, mainly with his mother, because his father is usually away. At night, he travels through different worlds where he meets many fantastic characters and personages, and when his unusual talents are noticed by his scheming Uncle Ralph, strange things seem to happen. When several accidents happen in which Christopher might have been killed, the chain of events are brought to the attention of his father. Christopher learns that along with his talents, come obligations, which is bad news to a boy whose only wish is to play cricket in peace.
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Christopher Chant has always had the ability to visit other dimensions in his dreams - which is good, because his real life has never been very much fun. His parents fight constantly, and he's mostly in the care of a series of nannies, none of whom stay very long. When Christopher has what should have been a fatal accident, though, his abilities come to the attention of his father, then a great magician, then Chrestomanci himself. Only problem: Christopher isn't particularly interested in being the next Chrestomanci.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   ruler    -   a powerful magician Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) Family relations    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid If magical mental powers:    -   can cast many different spells


Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   19th century    -   18th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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